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25 June 2015 Military News

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  • US Human Rights Report Slams Iran, Cuba VOA 25 Jun 2015 -- The United States released a long-delayed annual human rights report on Thursday, with strong words for countries like Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam, even as it seeks to improve relations with them.
  • State Department: Russia Restricted Freedoms, Prosecuted Critics Last Year VOA 25 Jun 2015 -- Restrictions on freedom of expression, politically-motivated prosecutions, and government discrimination against minorities were among the most significant human rights problems in Russia last year, the U.S. State Department says in its newly-released human rights report for 2014.
  • Kerry Dismisses Khamenei Speech But Warns No Nuclear Deal Guaranteed RFE/RL 25 Jun 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has dismissed hard-line comments this week by Iran's supreme leader, but warned that talks with Iran may yield no agreement if Tehran refuses to resolve outstanding issues.
  • Not Waiting For Nuclear Deal, Shell, Other Oil Firms In Talks With Iran RFE/RL 25 Jun 2015 -- Executives from Royal Dutch Shell and Eni have met Iranian officials in Tehran to discuss investing in the country's energy industry, the first time international oil firms have publicly confirmed such talks ahead of a possible nuclear deal with the West, the Financial Times has reported.
  • Senior US Official: Iran Nuclear Talks May Miss Deadline VOA 25 Jun 2015 -- A senior U.S. administration official says Iran nuclear negotiators may not make a June 30 deadline for a final agreement.
  • Experts: Iran's Positions Complicate Completion of Nuclear Pact VOA 25 Jun 2015 -- International security experts agreed Thursday in a U.S. Senate committee hearing that Iran's positions on nuclear talks are making a deal difficult to reach.
  • UK, France Order 21 Satellite Launches From Russia's Roscosmos Sputnik 25 Jun 2015 -- Roscosmos has signed a contract with French and the UK firms on 21 commercial satellite launches on the Soyuz carrier rocket.
  • Saudi Leaks Expose 'Checkbook Diplomacy' in Battle With Iran VOA 25 Jun 2015 -- Saudi Arabia's willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. WikiLeaks has not revealed its source, but a group calling itself the 'Yemen cyber army' has claimed it hacked government servers.
  • France Freezes Russian Accounts In Magnitsky-Inspired Case RFE/RL 25 Jun 2015 -- French authorities have frozen millions of euros in bank accounts after launching an investigation into an alleged Russian fraud scheme uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, a Moscow lawyer who died in a Russian jail.
  • China US Talks Highlight Cooperation and Divide VOA 25 Jun 2015 -- This week's high-level talks between U.S. and Chinese officials on a wide range of issues highlighted the two countries' continuing uneasy relationship, despite an expanding and intensive effort to build ties.
  • UN rights chief calls opening of office to monitor issues in DPR Korea a 'breakthrough' UN News 25 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, today called the opening in Seoul, Republic of Korea, of an office to work on human rights issues in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) a "breakthrough that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago."
  • UN Rebukes North Korea After Threats Over Human Rights Office VOA 25 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Thursday responded to North Korea's threats against the Seoul-based U.N. office mandated to investigate abuses in the North.
  • Words are weapons as Burundi heads to the polls IRIN 25 Jun 2015 -- In the weeks ahead of Monday's highly contentious parliamentary elections in Burundi, a profusion of hate speech has been used as a key tool to whip up support in a campaign marred by harassment, intimidation and violence.
  • Burundi VP urges president to withdraw 3rd term bid Press TV 25 Jun 2015 -- Burundi's second vice president has fled the African country after calling on President Pierre Nkurunziza to withdraw his controversial bid to run for a third term in power in the upcoming presidential vote.
  • Armenian Protests Peaceful But Demands Unresolved RFE/RL 25 Jun 2015 -- Armenian security forces have refrained from another violent crackdown as demonstrators protesting against a hike in electricity prices blocked a central avenue in Yerevan for the fourth day running.
  • Yerevan Vows To Go Ahead With Rate Hikes Despite Protests RFE/RL 25 Jun 2015 -- The Armenian government has refused to reverse electricity price hikes, as protest rallies in the capital entered their second week.
  • DRC Government Compiles Corruption List VOA 25 Jun 2015 -- The office of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) president, Joseph Kabila, has sent files of senior government officials accused of corruption to the attorney general for prosecution, according to Information Minister Lambert Mende.



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